Fly Fishing In The Lothians
Nigel Duncan brings you the latest fly fishing news from the Lothians…
Popular Pottishaw Fishery near Whitburn is beginning to buzz with hard-fighting blue trout of up to 6lbs dominating the recent catch returns.
Brown trout of around 5lbs have also been netted and owner Fraser Thomson confirmed that last casts are now 10.30pm.
Cats Whisker and Damsel patterns have been successful of late on an intermediate line, but Fraser said that fish are beginning to move up the water column.
He fully expects that buzzer patters will be the most popular soon.
COOK OUT OF RUNNING
Owen Cook will not be defending one of the biggest events in the Forth Estuary, the coveted Kingdom Fly Fishing Championship, this season.
The Kirkcaldy angler failed to qualify for the final at Stenhouse Fishery on Saturday, June 15 from 9am to 4pm.
However, this could open the door for last year’s runner-up Allan McLachlan from the West of Scotland.
He is one of the 24 qualifiers for the event at the popular fishery near Burntisland.
STILL SPACES FOR SCIERRA PAIRS
Glencorse Reservoir is gearing up for the sold-out heat of the popular Scierra Pairs on Sunday, June 16.
There are, however, spaces at Black Loch near Limerigg on Sunday, June 30, Beecraigs in West Lothian on Sunday, July 7 and Lake of Menteith near Stirling on Sunday, July 21.
There are prizes for every heat and the final is at Grafham Water near Huntingdon on Sunday, September 8.
A pair of anglers fish in the same boat the Grand Final winners take home £1,500 with the runners-up winning £1,000, third £750 and fourth £500.
MALLENY ANGLING OPEN DAY
Jim McComb, chairman of Malleny Angling, hopes to build on the success of the club’s annual open day. A steady stream of people viewed the tackle, old fishing equipment and fly tying displays. And many took advantage of the chance to try fly casting for the first time.
The object is to encourage more men and women into fly fishing. Malleny Angling are really keen to see more youngsters participating in the sport. Many made their first casts with the aid of volunteer members while their parents enquired about where to source equipment locally.
Jim said he had been encouraged by the attendance despite a strong wind and drizzle throughout most of the five-hour event in The Pentland Hills above Balerno.
The event was centred around Harlaw Visitor Centre and Jim said: “We are really keen to encourage more people to come fishing.
“That is one of the reasons we have introduced a £10 evening ticket from 5pm which is on a catch and release basis.
“It started on May 1 and has proved a real magnet for people who want to fish after work.
“We also have a £15 ticket from 5pm for those who wish to take two fish home.”
The club’s day ticket, incidentally, is £20 and you can take three fish home.
A day ticket for catch and release is £15 and Jim added: “The water is well-stocked and has been fishing well recently.
“We’ve had a hawthorn hatch in recent days and members and permit holders have been catching.
“The fish are there and we are open seven days a week from 8am to dark so come on down.”